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The Beacon Hill Institute engages in rigorous economic research and conducts educational programs for the purpose of producing and disseminating readable analyses of current public policy issues to voters, taxpayers, opinion leaders and policy makers.

BHI Weekly Dispatch: On the road in Malden, Tax Foundation podcast, Malkin on PLAs & more

BHI Executive Director David G. Tuerck addressed approximately 25 members of the Malden Rotary last week at its luncheon meeting at Anthony's of Malden. Tuerck offered a far-reaching exposition of the Institute's research agenda. He also commented on current U.S., state and local economic conditions. He was pleased to report that Malden benefits from one of the lowest unemployment rates…

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BHI Weekly Dispatch: Speaking out on unemployment benefits commission & Globe editorial cites BHI

The Boston Globe channels the Beacon Hill Institute on anti-competitive, union-only Project Labor Agreements. Bravo for the Globe’s position on keeping competition open for work on the historic Longfellow Bridge. PLAs are a top priority for unions for that very reason: They effectively keep union firms from having to compete with non-union companies. That’s so because PLAs stipulate that the…

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BHI releases 11th annual state competitiveness index: MA back on top

BOSTON – (March 1, 2012) Massachusetts regained the top spot on the 11th Annual Beacon Hill Institute’s State Competitiveness Report. Last year the Bay State ranked third behind Colorado and North Dakota, which finished first last year. Longstanding strengths in human resources, technology and openness buoyed Massachusetts. The BHI competitiveness index is based on a set of 44 indicators divided…

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BHI Weekly Dispatch: Anti-competitive continuing ed mandates hurt real estate buyers

Real estate licensing rules do little to improve quality while restricting market competition to benefit full-time realtors The introduction of a continuing education requirement for a real estate agent in Massachusetts more than a decade ago did not improve the quality of service but rather limited the number of realtors according to a recent study by the Beacon Hill Institute…

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BHI Weekly Dispatch: Comments before last Monday’s Tax Revenue Hearing

The following are prepared remarks by BHI Executive Director David G. Tuerck which served as a basis for his oral testimony before the House and Senate Ways and Means Committee, Monday, December 12, 2011. I would like to thank Chairman Dempsey and Chairman Brewer along with all other members of the Committee, for inviting us here today.  The Beacon Hill…

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BHI Forecast: State tax revenues to increase by 4.4% in FY 2012 and by 4.1% in FY 2013

(BOSTON ) -The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University (BHI) estimates that Massachusetts state tax revenues will come in at $21.411 billion for Fiscal Year 2012, for a growth of 4.4% over FY 2011.  Revenues will be $22.287 billion for FY 2013, 4.1% above 2012.   David G. Tuerck, Executive Director of the Institute and Chairman of Economics at Suffolk…

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BHI Weekly Dispatch: Investment Taxes, Health Care Gamers and a Tea Party Speech in Northborough

A proposed federal Enterprise Value Tax will double taxes on business partnerships in Massachusetts, adding $611 million to the state’s federal tax burden.  As a result of the tax, the state will lose 5,400 jobs, $9.5 million in investment and $673 million in disposable income.   This is the finding of a new study, The Enterprise Value Tax:  What it

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